The October heritage talk at the X-PO in Kilnaboy will be given by James Neylon and Seán Roche. The talk is entitled Sonnie Murphy – Kilnaboy’s Olympian and will take place on Thursday October 20th at 8.30 p.m.
Michael Sonnie Murphy was a native of Ballycashen, Kilnaboy.
Sonnie was an accomplished athlete and took part in a heat of the 3,000 metres steeplechase in the 1932 Los Angles Olympic Games. He suffered from severe dehydration during the race which took place in extreme heat. Murphy never fully recovered from the effects of the dehydration and he died back in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day 1936.
The talk in the X-PO coincides with the 80th anniversary of Sonny’s death. James Neylon and Seán Roche are both natives of Kilnaboy and are active in local community groups including Kilnaboy Athletic Club. Moreover, James and Seán are involved with the Sonnie Murphy Memorial Race in the parish since its inception in 1984. James and Seán have a keen interest in local history.
The X-PO is located in the former post office in Kilnaboy. It is a community hub for social and cultural activities. All are welcome to the talk. More information 087 292 54 87.